Victims May Not Know What to Look for After a Truck Wreck

November 22, 2014

An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Knows What to Look for After a Crash

After a serious wreck involving an 18-wheeler or large truck, victims may need to turn to an experienced personal injury attorney for help preserving evidence and avoiding insurance-industry tricks. Although it may be possible to settle a serious injury claim against a trucker or trucking company without legal help, it can be extremely difficult to secure the maximum recovery for your family without a trained eye on your side. This is why it is so important to get an attorney involved with your truck-accident case as soon as possible after you’ve been hurt.

Experienced Attorneys Know What to Look for While Victims Focus on Recovery After a Truck Accident

While it may be obvious that you need to take photographs of the damage to your car and get copies of your medical records, there is usually more evidence involved in successfully resolving a claim against a commercial driver or trucking company. While victims may overlook this information, or even be unaware that it exists, an attorney knows what to look for when it comes to less obvious information and evidence, such as:

  • Important evidence from the scene of the accident. Although you may have been transported to the hospital immediately, the witnesses and evidence at the scene of the truck wreck can be key to proving your case later on. If you or a family member reaches out for help, an attorney can be present at the scene to collect evidence on your behalf.
  • Driver logbooks and documentation from the trucking company. Some documentation kept by the trucking company, such as logbooks and loading records, can help pinpoint factors that contributed to the wreck and establish fault or negligence by the truck driver or company.
  • Accident reconstruction and expert opinions. Sometimes, it becomes necessary to bring in experts to offer opinions on your medical recovery, what caused the accident, trucking-industry standards, economic losses, and other specialized topics. An experienced injury attorney will have the resources and knowledge to work effectively with these experts to prove a victim’s claim.
  • Other potentially responsible parties. While it’s easy to put the blame on the truck driver, many truck accidents are the fault of manufacturers, loaders, maintenance workers, and others. An experienced attorney can quickly review your case and identify the parties who may be held responsible for what happened.


For more information about protecting your rights after a truck accident in Illinois, don’t hesitate to reach out to our compassionate Chicago legal team by phone today. We have helped victims across the state hold negligent trucking companies and reckless drivers responsible for life-altering injuries and fatal accidents, and we hope that we can help your family get the answers you need and understand how to take action.

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